Helping Those In Need

Have you ever had someone approach you asking for money? Or, you have been a road intersection and you have seen someone standing there holding a sign asking for help.
When you see this, you might think, “I would help them BUT…. I don’t know.. they may just use my money on drugs or liquor.”
Or, you may think, “I’m not going to help that bum… They can work just like I can.”
Or, maybe someone you now has asked you for a loan and you are a little taken aback by it.
Try not to be… I’m not suggesting we need to loan money to everyone and I’m not suggesting that everyone asking for help as a pure and spotless background but, we don’t know what’s gone on in a person’s life. We don’t know why they need help.
Proverbs 19:17 says, “He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed”
So, the Bible is saying, that when we help someone, it is as if we are giving to the Lord. In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus told a parable about this. He said, when we give a cup of water or when we give food to someone who is struggling, we have done it unto the Lord.”
Several years ago, I knew a man who tried to help people in need. He told me that he did it because there was a time when he was hungry and people from their church were leaving bags of groceries on their porch. He had been helped and he wanted to help others.
Years ago, I read about a man who owned a trucking company. At one time, this man been very poor but he had worked hard and had become wealthy. He said that he always kept a $100 bill in his pocket in order to give to those who needed help.
If you see someone in need, if you can, help them. The Bible says when we do it, we are doing it unto the Lord.

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